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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeTheWeasel View Post
    For those of us without sewing machines or friends with sewing machines or just friends period, would it make sense to purchase an appropriately sized stuff sack from your local vendor and punch a hole in the bottom?
    I think that should work fine, but instead of 'punching' you might try melting the hole (like with a soldering iron) for a cleaner self-sealed hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeTheWeasel View Post
    For those of us without sewing machines or friends with sewing machines or just friends period, would it make sense to purchase an appropriately sized stuff sack from your local vendor and punch a hole in the bottom?

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    That would work, but I'd probably burn a hole-vs-cutting it, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeTheWeasel View Post
    For those of us without sewing machines or friends with sewing machines or just friends period, would it make sense to purchase an appropriately sized stuff sack from your local vendor and punch a hole in the bottom?

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    That's basically what Jeff did. The modifications I've made to the sack design allow for easy storage of the free suspension end, and reinforce the area around the hole to prevent tearing - especially when used for on-hammock storage. But just to try it, just about anything would likely work. I'd be cautious about putting much weight in it while on the hammock though, without some kind of pretty solid reinforcement around the hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeTheWeasel View Post
    For those of us without sewing machines or friends with sewing machines or just friends period, would it make sense to purchase an appropriately sized stuff sack from your local vendor and punch a hole in the bottom?

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    That should work just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeTheWeasel View Post
    For those of us without sewing machines or friends with sewing machines or just friends period, would it make sense to purchase an appropriately sized stuff sack from your local vendor and punch a hole in the bottom?

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    That would be a question best answered by Black Bishop. BD
    Just Jeff made me do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bird Dog View Post
    That would be a question best answered by Black Bishop. BD
    Man, did I get beat to the punch. BD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bird Dog View Post
    Man, did I get beat to the punch. BD
    Slowing down in your old age, BD?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop351 View Post
    If you want to try the idea and get some easy sewing under your belt, just do what Jeff did - make a "standard" square-bottom stuff sack and melt a hole in the bottom for your suspension cord. My current version is quite a bit more complicated than that, but I am in the process of writing up directions for it.

    I never liked folding/rolling my shelter, even when I *gulp* slept on the ground. My reasoning was the same as for a sleeping bag or quilt - if you start folding a piece of material, you'll tend to do it the same way every time. After a while, the creases will develop weak spots in the material and wear the item out quicker. So the sack is designed to just stuff your hammock/quilt(s). Unhook one side of your suspension, stuff toward the other end, then unhook the other side. The whole thing stays off the ground completely and thus dry and safe.

    I haven't put my tarp in the same storage area as my hammock since the second time (give or take) I hung on the trail. Doing so just seems ridiculous to me - why would you want a (often) wet tarp in the same water-resistant storage as your hammock, which needs to stay dry? My tarp goes in snakeskins at the moment, but I'm working on a small BB sack for it, too. Not sure which I'll like better.

    My current sack design is round-bottomed rather than square. The bottom is about 10" diameter and the sack is about 16" long when stuffed. That's after sewing, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    Slowing down in your old age, BD?
    Apparently. BD
    Just Jeff made me do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    Slowing down in your old age, BD?
    Quote Originally Posted by Bird Dog View Post
    Apparently. BD
    That's not what BB said about your trip on the Fooothills Trail with him, but then again, I wasn't there.
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